Spanish firm Be-More-3D has just unveiled a proof of concept for the country’s first 3D printed house. The firm used an extra-large (XL) 3D-printer on-site at Valencia’s Polytechnic University. The concept is a 24 square meter construct that they built on a XL plotter. It is also a trial run for Spain’s first patented 3D printer, let alone their first concrete printer.
The company built the house to be seven meters wide by five meters high. While that may not seem very big, it is as of now, a proof of concept for a new method of printing concrete. This presents the third house ever fully printed in the entire world.
“It works like a concrete pastry bag, which deposits concrete in a continuous flowing motion, repeating the same process, layer by layer,” Vicente Ramirez, CEO, said. “When the layers merge, the result is a concrete wall. it can print big architectural designs in a single, swift, building process.”
Be-More-3D have been candid about the printers benefits over other systems, saying it is more modular and versatile. They also say it is easier to transport and set up. Additionally, it has the benefits of not requiring post-assembly at the final location and can thus cut down on the amount of components that require assembly before-hand.
According to Ramirez, “the basic structure can be printed in around seven to 10 hours and a finished house can take between six to eight weeks.” The company also assures that it is environmentally friendly and promotes waste-reduction. Furthermore, they state that the method they use reduces costs by 35% of traditional construction.
When Be-More-3D started, it was a project by former students of the UPV (Valencia’s Polytechnic University). Now, they plan on offering the printer for the housing market within Spain. They have now set up the house at the Faculty of Beaux Arts at the university.
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